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Phillies Tasked With Slowing Down Red-Hot Braves

The Atlanta Braves have won seven straight games and hold a 1½-game lead in the NL East as a result. The Braves will try to increase that lead with a win over the Philadelphia Phillies tonight.

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Standout Stats

  • Sportsbooks opened the Braves as -135 home favorites with a total of 9.5.
  • Nick Pivetta is expected to get the nod for the Phils. Pivetta (4-1, 4.93 ERA) has been fantastic for the Phillies since returning from the minors, going 2-0 in three starts with a 1.80 ERA and a .171 opponents batting average across 20 innings.
  • Max Fried will counter for the Braves on the mound. Fried (7-3, 3.75) rebounded from back-to-back shaky appearances to fare well in a no-decision in his last turn against Miami on Sunday, giving up three runs on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in six innings.
  • Fried had surrendered nine runs on 18 hits over 9.2 innings in his previous two starts after pitching to a 2.96 ERA in his first 10 appearances.
  • Philadelphia and Atlanta haven’t played since the Phillies outscored the Braves 23-11 in a three-game sweep to open the 2019 season.
  • Home-field advantage is massive in this series. In the past 11 meetings between the Phillies and Braves, the visiting club is 1-10 SU.

My Best Bet for Phillies-Braves

Braves moneyline

The Braves are playing the best baseball in MLB right now, yet sportsbooks haven’t adjusted their lines to reflect their current run. I’ve been cashing tickets on Atlanta during its red-hot stretch and I’m not going to start fading the Braves any time soon. Pivetta has been fantastic of late but the Braves are the better team right now, so give me Atlanta -135.